In yet another collision of healthcare and Silicon Valley tech, Philips (NYSE:PHG) and Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) announced today that they had teamed up to produce cloud-based solutions for managing healthcare.
The newly unveiled partnership already has a pair of products slated for launch this summer: the eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion, both marketed under Philips’ brand. The products aim to help clinicians provide at-home monitoring and care to patients with chronic conditions.
Additional projects in the pipeline aim to enable medical device interoperability, tap into programs such as Apple’s (NSDQ:AAPL) coming HealthKit mobile health tracking platform and provide patients with tools to manage their own care and wellness.
"We have entered a new transformative era for healthcare and technology is enabling the industry to connect to, care for and engage with patients and each other in a profound new way," Salesforce chairman & CEO Marc Benioff said in prepared remarks. "Together with Philips, we are creating an open health platform and ecosystem to benefit everyone that cares about one of the most important issues of our time."
The duo plans to further develop apps that "cover the continuum of care," including products that help patients prevent disease and care for themselves as well as medical applications to aid diagnosis and treatment. New systems will also aim to leverage data from multiple medical devices, fostering interoperability to boost clinical decision-making.
"Healthcare data exists in many different forms and in many different systems today. Together with salesforce.com , we have a tremendous opportunity to reshape and optimize the way healthcare is delivered and provide better access to data across the continuum of care," Philips CEO Frans van Houten said.